Kaffir Lime

stargateNovember 28, 2012

I'm a newbie here ! My parents are avid gardeners but I'm just starting now!
I love kitchen herbs and plants!
After a crazy search i have finally managed to find a kaffir lime plant.
It's about 3 feet in a 6 " pot from a nursery. It barely had 10 leaves on it and hasn't been pruned.
Should I repot it now?
I'm assuming I should prune in feb before spring.?
I put it in the sun at day time and bring it in at night. Once colder I was thinking of placing by a south facing window . I'm concerned about the few number of leaves, they are healthy and green, not diseased or infected. The poor plant just looks neglected

I live in Lahore (Pakistan) and though it doesn't get very cold we are getting frost and fog these day. Just for the sake for information, spring flower seedling like cineraria and petunia have been planted a week back. Citric trees like lemons and oranges are ready to be harvested now.
The chart below might help to understand the weather here:
Your help will truly be appreciated !

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. Temperature
54 60 69 79 90 91 87 86 84 76 66 56
Avg. Max Temperature
65 71 80 91 101 100 94 92 93 88 79 68
Avg. Min Temperature
44 49 58 66 76 80 80 79 75 65 53 45
Avg. Rain Days
2 2 2 3 2 4 7 5 3 1 0 0
Avg. Snow Days
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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mksmth zone 6b Tulsa Oklahoma(6b)

Honestly If I had those average minimum temps mine would be planted in ground. Does it ever freeze at your location?

    Bookmark   November 28, 2012 at 11:08AM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

Photos would help. I would pot it up in a larger pot. Not sure why you feel the need to prune it? Way too small at this point to consider pruning, unless you are trying to encourage lateral branching, and if that is the case, you can pinch the top (apical pruning), but don't reduce the height. If your temps drop below 33 degrees F, then bring your lime tree inside for protection. South facing windows are excellent, the more sun, the better. Be sure you're fertilizing once a month with the proper fertilizer (one that is formulated for citrus). Be sure you are using well-draining potting soil, as citrus cannot tolerate wet roots.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   November 28, 2012 at 1:11PM
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average temps look good.

i google mapped your city, looks somewhat close to the Himalayas. and you mentioned you were getting some frost.

    Bookmark   November 28, 2012 at 1:23PM
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